Throughout the month of February, CWC’s Level 2 Art & Design UAL Diploma students will have their work on display in a variety of places throughout the local community near the College’s Paddington Green Campus. The Arts Trail has taken students out of the classroom and into the local area where they’ve liaised with business owners in order to display their work in innovative places.
“The students contacted the business themselves and showed them pieces of their work and a large number have been really interested and enthusiastic,” said Hazel Dance, a Lecturer in the Creative Industries. “We’ve looked at the fact that a lot of artwork doesn’t last forever so the idea is that their work is not put in traditional spaces – it’s on a market stall suitcase, or a sticker might be on something that’s already on sale in the shop or on a window display.”
The students have drawn inspiration from a variety of issues surrounding society, politics, religion, pollution and the environment. In class they’ve looked at why middle class families have started turning to food banks, gang crime, why people create graffiti and the regeneration of East London and why artists have had to move out of London and companies have taken over.
Flyers which include a map will be handed out across CWC for people to follow the Arts Trail and discover where students have placed their art. Business including Hilton London Metropole, Oxfam, News Agents, Patisseries and stall owners on Church Street Marketing will all display the artwork during February.
“The response from local businesses has been very positive and they’ve all been very interested in how young people perceive London, themselves and their local community,” Hazel added.